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Old 03-09-2018, 09:10 PM
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Default Methods for sharpening your mind before an exam (after studying too much)?

I have been taking practice exams and I noticed most of my mistakes were due to silly errors/typos or not paying close enough attention.

I went on a run this morning and took a 30 minute nap break today but still made too many "dumb" mistakes. is it just me or does anyone else get this after studying too long? Anyone have any ideas of how to shake off the brain fog?

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All the time. Repetition helps - if you miss a problem due to a silly mistake, make sure you do it again while consciously remembering why you missed it last time. Once you learn how to do it correctly, set it aside and then do it again the next day to make sure you can do it without messing up.

It also helps to categorize the mistakes you make. Odds are if you make a silly mistake on one problem, you'll make the same silly mistake on another problem until you correct it. Correcting the ones that affect multiple problems has a good ROI.

And, remember to get some sleep. You won't do well if you're studying while half awake.
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Evaluate your diet. My daughter started a gluten-free diet in support of a close friend and found that her ability to focus in class and on assignments increased dramatically.

Along with lowering your gluten intake, I would also suggest looking at your caffeine intake . . . both in terms of quantity and timing.

And consider increasing your water intake . . . not chugging volumes of water, but simply start drinking the stuff (or a lightly brewed tea) more frequently throughout the day.
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I didn't start out hot with my first few sittings, but I'm on a string of 8s and 9s since I got those out of the way. The same methods don't work for everybody, but I like LONG study sessions many months prior to the exam, then periodic 5-10 point quizzes on ADAPT. The week prior to the exam, I try to relax as much as possible, with perhaps 30 min of review every other day during that week. It has really worked for me, and I love that I have figured out my own formula for exam success.

Finding out your own formula is something I recommend every neophyte test-taker determine for him or herself. It will take tweaking and error, but eventually you will get excited as "game day" (read: exam day) approaches and possess the critical confidence you need to work fast and decisively.

These exams are unique because they are LONG and a time-crunch. Your college study strategy will most likely be inappropriate for these exams. You need STAMINA. I even like to take practice ADAPT quizzes/tests under not-so-great conditions if they arise (e.g. if I am sick one day, not well-rested, etc.). Obviously I don't purposely seek these conditions, but I do exploit them when I have them. The last hour or so of the exam you get diminishing returns, because you are naturally tired, so I like to practice at night for that reason sometimes.

To piggyback on Col. Smoothie, repetition is where it is at!! Then make sure you are in excellent health and spirit going into exam day. PM me if you want to know anymore, because I am proud of the fact that I figured out how to perform really well on exams after beginning slowly. I don't fear any exam now, even if I should
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I didn't start out hot with my first few sittings, but I'm on a string of 8s and 9s since I got those out of the way.
Same, I don't know why but I went from 7s to 10s, my transcript looks like this:

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I don't see what changed lol
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Evaluate your diet. My daughter started a gluten-free diet in support of a close friend and found that her ability to focus in class and on assignments increased dramatically.

Along with lowering your gluten intake, I would also suggest looking at your caffeine intake . . . both in terms of quantity and timing.

And consider increasing your water intake . . . not chugging volumes of water, but simply start drinking the stuff (or a lightly brewed tea) more frequently throughout the day.
It would appear I have plenty to work on...
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Same, I don't know why but I went from 7s to 10s, my transcript looks like this:

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I don't see what changed lol
Haha -- I do not know if you are joking because those scores are absurd. Nonetheless, I'll say great job!

And I wouldn't consider 7 struggling
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Repeated 5's is struggling.

One 6 is success.

And 6 > 5+5
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Same, I don't know why but I went from 7s to 10s, my transcript looks like this:

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7
7
10
10

I don't see what changed lol
Yeah my scores are like:

7
9
8
10


The first one was a real struggle going through it as a newbie.

I'd take a 6 any effing day.
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